Thought Leader Select's Meade Issues Statement on Health Reform


April 1, 2010 (CHAPEL HILL, NC)—Paul Meade, President of Thought Leader Select, a North Carolina firm dedicated to better engagement and more sophisticated deployment of key opinion leaders for the pharmaceutical industry, issued the following statement regarding the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Association of America’s (PhRMA) March 21 statement on healthcare reform.

“I would like to echo PhRMA’s statement and say that the time has come to begin the long process of removing the existing barriers to care in the United States.  With all the work that’s been done, both in Washington and at the companies who make up the biopharmaceutical industry, I applaud their collective efforts to bring real reform that offers healthcare to more than 32 million Americans. In addition, I hope we can begin to address some of the healthcare disparities that exist among the uninsured and the underinsured citizens of this country.

In this country, we are fortunate to have some of the world’s finest physicians and medical facilities, as well as a pharmaceutical industry that works very hard to bring the best treatments to market.  I, too, believe that all Americans should have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare coverage and services.  As long as we keep this goal in mind, along with continuously improving our levels of care and treatment, we can all work together to ensure that our system benefits patients, medical care professionals, and the biopharmaceutical industry.”

About Paul Meade

Paul Meade is the founder and president of Thought Leader Select, a specialty firm that provides key opinion leader engagement and deployment solutions for the healthcare industry.  Mr. Meade is a 25-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, with leadership positions held at GlaxoSmithKline and Merck.  In addition to leading Thought Leader Select, Mr. Meade is completing a Master of Public Health degree from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

About Thought Leader Select

Thought Leader Select is a specialty firm focused on providing solutions—research, technology tools and focused advice/consulting—for more effective key opinion leader (KOL) engagement and deployment in the healthcare industry. Thought Leader Select’s groundbreaking work bridges the areas of research, communications and technology. With more than 70 years of combined experience working in and with the pharmaceutical industry, Thought Leader Select is addressing needs for better engagement and more sophisticated deployment of KOLs during drug development and the life cycle of the brand.

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